For the millions celebrating on the Champs-Elysées last month, Frenchness was not just an idea, it was an intense shared experience. But what happens to that identity when the celebrations end?
What does the sale of the 'home of football' have to do with grassroots development?
New! Mega sports events wash your government's tarnished reputation whiter-than-white.
Most big bureaucratic organisations are subject to oversight from civil society, but not FIFA.
It seems likely that football will remain a pawn in an intensifying proxy war.
Fans have shown they're willing to watch major sporting events on devices other than traditional TVs, but the technology is letting them down.
Most Western leaders have little faith the Russian president will pursue better relations after the final football whistle has blown.
Pussy Riot were the exception – most opposition activists decided protest would be counter-productive during the tournament.
Croatia lost to France but has won unprecedented public exposure.
The best team to lift the trophy was Brazil's star-studded 1970 team.
Fans are shifting their consumption of the World Cup online.
The French set up FIFA and the World Cup.
For players in this World Cup's England squad, even getting picked to play is at the end of a very long road.
Vocal deception may have played a key role in our progression from primitive nonverbal noises to complex, controlled speech.
When France won the world cup in 1998, the team was celebrated for its multiculturalism. What has happened since?
Some estimates say the World Cup will bring a £1.6 billion boost to the UK economy. Do they stack up?
Unlike squads before them, this exciting team of millennials have the capacity, courage and honesty to express their emotions.
When England play a match, there's a 26% increase in reports of domestic abuse. When they lose, reports go up 38%.
If any game comes down to a penalty shootout then there's one spot a player should aim for to stand a better chance of scoring a goal.
In the hunt for the next Messi, conventional wisdom favours football players with lots of experience at an early age. Research and England's example may advocate a different approach.